July 29, 2016 6:36 AM HomeMorning ReadsMorning Reads for Friday, July 29, 2016 Morning Reads for Friday, July 29, 2016 By Ginny Morning Reads 26 Comments RIP Jack Davis. DGD. Georgia hospital ratings are out, with a few surprises. The things people will do for football. Trolling… Pot? Kettle? How can you tell? Can we start now? If course he’ll be the victim, right? Maybe, but will you be able to hear the dog bark in the background during the scrum stand-ups? How is this even possible? And, just for Nathan – On this day in history, in 1914, transcontinental telephone service began with the first phone conversation between New York and San Francisco. Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author Ginny Get off my lawn. 26 Comments Nathan Thank you, Ginny. 🙂 They were able to string up the phone line, and the first transcontinental phone call cost about $21 or around $500 today. Fast forward a hundred years later, and now you can practically communicate with someone on the other side of the world for pennies on the dollar. July 29, 2016 7:26 AM Log in to Reply Saltycracker Deal announces that we don’t really need the stinking money, this stunt is for you. Many parents got out last weekend for larger store discounts. Why does government try to manipulate when retailers are smarter than them ? “I commend the General Assembly for working with me to reduce taxpayer burdens in order to make our state a better place to work and raise a family, and it is my hope that parents and students will use this weekend to prepare for a successful school year.” July 29, 2016 7:39 AM Log in to Reply gcp Last night at the Democrat Convention there was more pandering and victimhood. Several speakers wanted more taxpayer money, a Hispanic/lesbian sheriff told us her family was beat up by police and a Moslem told us his son died in service. John Allen made a case for Hilly’s aggressive foreign policy while there were chants of “no more war” from the audience. Hilly mostly criticized Trumpet while portraying herself as a populist that wants more taxpayer funded programs and of course she wants citizenship for illegals. The choice here is pretty grim. On one side we have a lying candidate with a Burnie-lite domestic agenda and an interventionist foreign policy. On the other side we have a temporary Republican/reality tv/con artist that has no intellectual curiosity and no policy knowledge. July 29, 2016 8:47 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Loved Jack Davis’ work. A true artistic genius. I used to read MAD just for his cartoons! July 29, 2016 9:12 AM Log in to Reply augusta52 Yes, Clinton’s speech last night seemed to ignore that we have a $19 trillion national debt, but hey, can’t let that get in the way of “free” college tuition, a $15 minimum wage, and expanded Social Security. And of course we can’t cut one penny of spending; instead we will soak the rich more to pay for the new spending. But in fairness, Trump hasn’t specifically addressed the debt either, just making meaningless calls to crack down on waste, fraud and abuse (golly, why didn’t I think of that before). Doubtless some voters will now be checking on the Libertarian Party platform… July 29, 2016 9:31 AM Log in to Reply Jack Fitz Regarding debt reduction, you have to raise taxes, period. Whether that’s across the board or higher income earners is up for the talking heads to debate, but the numbers remain the same. The most realistic debt reduction scenario is keeping spending levels flat and raising taxes. That WILL hurt economic growth projections, but if your serious about it, that’s how its done. One thing that I dislike is when either side discounts the other’s spending priorities by stating that they’re “free”. For example, typical conservative rhetoric derides “free college” or “free healthcare” as some form of government handout. But in the same breath, they aren’t deriding “free military” or “free prescription drug benefits” in the same regard. Both are just different examples of spending priorities. Leaning on the phrase “free” feels intellectually lazy. I don’t mean to pick on you specifically, just the tendency. July 29, 2016 10:03 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Preach! By the same token Paul Ryan’s budget plan is equally chock full of “free” things. I have no doubt Hillary Clinton enjoys discussing the minutiae of how to pay for xyz program, she is the real world Leslie Knope after all. However, a prime time speech is not the place to bore people with CBO estimates. If you want to see the numbers, check the policy papers her campaign has put out. Having read them, they’re more detailed than the House GOP’s new platform. But, then again, I’m biased and a big enough dork to subject myself to reading all that stuff. July 29, 2016 10:13 AM Log in to Reply Saltycracker IMO as we guess based our bias, we don’t need to raise the current tax targets nor shift based on partisan breaks but uniformly apply taxes across the board with as few reduction or penalty incentives as possible. A tax deduction for debt and non-profits “gifts” or tax free weekends or being married or kids or refunds excess of taxes paid? Give me a break. July 29, 2016 12:40 PM Log in to Reply ScottNAtlanta Could you explain to me why, if debt is such a problem, everyone is clamoring to buy it? Yields (adjusted for inflation) have been in NEGATIVE territory recently. So people are paying us to buy our debt. That tells me the market is far from thinking its a problem, but signaling it needs to be higher. 19 Trillion sounds like a lot, but in terms of the size of out economy is very middling considering what we have been through in the last several years. A financial shock similar to the early 30’s which is by no means comparable to any recessions in the last 50 years…aka our lifetimes. I will again repeat that the US is a sovereign currency nation. It cant go broke when it prints money and all debts are in that currency. In the absence of inflation, debt is not a problem, never…nada…no way jose. One more thing if anyone wants to bring up the debt ceiling. Thats a manufactured crisis. Its not saying we cant pay our bills…it saying we wont…big difference July 29, 2016 2:52 PM Log in to Reply Saltycracker There comes a debt or confidence point when you can’t print enough money to stop inflation and debasement of a currency. Has anyone on this site ever agreed with your view of economics ? July 29, 2016 3:19 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus I would think a $15 minimum wage would increase tax collections. Although in Seattle so far the effect seems to be negligible. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/07/29/study-raising-the-minimum-wage-did-little-for-workers-earnings-in-seattle/ July 29, 2016 12:42 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Looks like Donald Trump found where Manafort hid his cell phone. He’s on a tweetin’ spree this morning. July 29, 2016 10:38 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Wolf dancing in celebration of Hilly! I know I’M shocked….Gotta love that impartiality! LOL! http://www.theamericanmirror.com/video-cnn-wolf-blitzer-drinks-wine-dances-celebrate-hillarys-nomination/ July 29, 2016 12:20 PM Log in to Reply Bart Happy Chicken Wing Day! – http://www.nationalchickenwingday.com/ Best places in the ATL for wings: For me, La Parilla ranks right there with the best. Also any place that smokes wings instead of frying, mostly BBQ joints. July 29, 2016 12:29 PM Log in to Reply MattMD_actual You’re not a real chicken wing connoisseur, please refrain from posting on this subject until you change your ways. Sure, you can smoke or grill wings but you need to flash fry them in the end for crispness. July 29, 2016 7:22 PM Log in to Reply Nathan Also, Happy Systems Administrator Day. Go buy them a beer (or another adult beverage of their choosing). They deserve it. Trust me on this. http://sysadminday.com/ July 29, 2016 1:01 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn And National Cheesecakes Day. July 29, 2016 1:38 PM Log in to Reply ScottNAtlanta Ginny, Instead of bringing back old insults. I’m going to teach you some new stealth ones…in Yiddish. Not only will you be able to insult (and they might not even know), but you will appear so smart! ALTER COCKER: An old and complaining person, an old fart. BUBBEMYSEH: Old wive’s tales, nonsense, BS BUPKES: Something worthless or absurd. CHAZEREI: Food that is awful, junk or garbage. (a favorite descriptive term of Jewish Mothers to children who dont clean their room) DRECK: Crap. Can refer to the ugliness of objects or people. FAYGALA: A male homosexual. (literally, little bird.) For all you social conservatives out there FERCOCKT: All screwed up. GONIF: A thief, a tricky clever person, a shady character. (near and dear to my heart since my Aunt Rose called me the little gonif when I would take candy covertly from the candy dish them blame it on my sister) KINE-AHORA: A magical phrase to ward off the evil eye or to show one’s praises are genuine and not tainted by envy. (too bad you didnt know about this one pre Trump) KVETCH: To annoy or to be an annoying person, to complain. NEBBISH: An inadequate person, a loser. NOODGE: To bother, to push, a person who bothers you. (my personal favorite…kind of sounds like what it is) SHANDA: A shame, a scandal. The expression “a shanda fur die goy” means to do something embarrassing to Jews where non-Jews can observe it. Thus your Yiddish insult lesson of the day…Nitz es gezunterheit (use it in good health) July 29, 2016 3:16 PM Log in to Reply MattMD_actual Wow, talk about mailing it in. Also, what is with Hillary Clinton’s voice? I swear I am going to vote against her just on that alone, it’s like nails on a chalkboard. July 29, 2016 6:41 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Would you prefer she coo or act more coquettish? Is she too shrill? How about something sultry like the lady in the Viagra commercial? If we’re voting on voices, I’d prefer her to a guy who is completely incapable of modulating the volume of his voice. Plus, she doesn’t have that godawful accent. Fun trivia fact: Contrary to popular modern-day depiction, Abraham Lincoln was said to have a “shrill” highly pitched voice with a pronounced “western” accent. It actually helped him as a debater, since he was better able to project his words out towards the back of the audience. July 30, 2016 1:06 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 “Would you prefer she coo or act more coquettish? Is she too shrill? How about something sultry like the lady in the Viagra commercial?” Dang, Drew! You’ve lurched right into the question that has been asked of men for millennia, a version of which is this: If stranded on a deserted island, would you rather be with Time’s Woman of the Year or Playboy’s Playmate of the Year? You really don’t have to answer…. July 30, 2016 11:39 AM Log in to Reply xdog That’s easy. Gopers choose Margaret Thatcher, donks choose Chastity Bordello, which explains why there are more donks around. July 30, 2016 12:00 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Seriously, what is the point of critiquing the sound of her voice? Or her pant suits (which are just suits, bee tee dubs)? Or her hair? Is it because she’s a woman? Because I can’t seem to remember the last male politician attacked for sounding “shrill” or having a voice that is like “nails on a chalkboard.” And if we’re going to talk voices and suits and hair, I’ll take the person without a stupid accent, with clothes actually tailored to fit them, and with actual hair on their head. July 31, 2016 12:39 AM Log in to Reply gcp Christie and Huckster were mocked for their weight, Trumpet for his hair and we also heard about little hands and little Marco. If you run for office your appearance will be subject to criticism thus Hilly’s screeching voice, her weight and her pant/tent suits are fair game. August 1, 2016 8:36 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse Obama’s DNC convention-speech referred to “homegrown demagogues” that everyone understood to refer to Trump. Mike Pence said “I don’t think name calling has any place in public life, and I thought that was unfortunate that the President of the United States would use a term like that, let alone laced into a sentence like that.” It’s not like Trump does that directly or indirectly. “crooked Hillary”, “lyin’ Ted” and his “images are worth a thousand words’ ugly wife, “Little Marco”, “Look at that face—would anyone vote for that face?”, “dummy” [McCain], “Bush didn’t have the IQ” (to be President), “total lightweight” Graham, mocking the disabled….. Belittlement is the Trump campaign’s most prominent achievement. Quite the campaign strategy! Highlight politicians as self-serving hypocrites by showcasing one as your running mate. July 30, 2016 3:36 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Did anyone ask Pence how the term demagogue is an inaccurate descriptor? July 31, 2016 12:40 AM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.